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FDA Approves New Drug for Type 2 Diabetes

QuaintRealist Sorry I'm late (267 comments)

but I had a pretty busy week. "Metformin decreases hepatic glucose production, decreases intestinal absorption of glucose, and improves insulin sensitivity by increasing peripheral glucose uptake and utilization" (from the package insert). However the primary mechanism of action by far is the last of these (improving insulin sensitivity), which is why it is used in type I as well as type II diabetes. Perhaps I oversimplified, but the OP seemed not to be looking for complexity.

By the way, I love wikipedia, but it is often quite wrong about prescription drugs (not too far off this time, though). Try drugs.com or drugdigest.org - both are free and have good info. Wikipedia is just too vulnerable to armchair experts to be a good medical resource.

about 8 years ago

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Changin' ways of Slashdot

QuaintRealist QuaintRealist writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Anyone care to comment on why people post "Slashdot has gone down hill" comments so often? I don't miss much about the "old" slashdot - the trolls, page-wideners, links that misled... OK, once /. felt more like an exclusive club than it does now, but that feeling didn't last long.

Does anybody really miss the old days enough to remind me what I'm missing? I did take a pretty long hiatus...

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Enough is enough

QuaintRealist QuaintRealist writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I saw a post today from a user who has "been with slashdot from the first days" (with a low enough userid to make his assertions possible) stating that he's fed up with the editors of slashdot and will never read it again.

And he's "moving" to Digg

Good

All self-important gits are hereby invited to bugger off. If you don't like this site, don't read it.

There, now I feel better - isn't that what journals are for?

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Different points of view

QuaintRealist QuaintRealist writes  |  about 9 years ago

On my old account I managed to get modded out of existance for listing the "wrong" people as friends - kept me off /. (except as a lurker) for months.

Folks - I like to see different points of view, and use "friends" to bump these viewpoints up onto the radar so I can....

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Today was different

QuaintRealist QuaintRealist writes  |  about 9 years ago Logged on today to find that someone had listed me as a "friend" - the first one on this account. I had an account years ago, when I was younger and more flame-prone (no, I'm not telling which one). Time and a couple of kids do mellow one. So now, I am a old-style realist, softer around the edges (thus the ID). No foes yet (had many on the old account), far fewer friends as well. Life lends perspective...

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